By Phillip Kitts
What a year 2020 has been on the whole world. The chaos of the year has not evaded any community or culture, and the aftermath of the pandemic is being felt everywhere. The rodeo world is no different. This year started out looking like it was going to be one for the record books with some of the biggest dollar amounts being paid out at rodeos from coast to coast. Even early in the 2020 season there was talk that rolling into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the top cowboys and cowgirls in the sport would have the biggest collection of money ever.
That all came to a screeching halt when the COVID-19 issue surfaced, with rodeo after rodeo canceling and the sport feeling the impact, the big money dreams faded quickly into the past. The season transitioned into one where the focus for nearly every rodeo athlete turned to survival and resilience. In true western athlete fashion this new mode did not stop a list of athletes from keeping their eyes on as much money as they could win and a shot at the coveted gold buckle associated with professional rodeo.
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